Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Slippery Rock University

Interdisciplinary Programs, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Gender and Diversity Studies

Gender is political. It's cultural. It's complex. Whether we recognize it or not, we experience, reinforce and disrupt social expectations about masculinity, femininity, sex, sexuality, and sexual identities every day. A host of other identity categories (age, race, ability and disability, size, ethnicity, and class, among others) also contribute to how we experience "gender."

SRU offers a concentration in Gender and Diversity Studies in the department of Nonprofit Management, Empowerment and Diversity Studies and a minor in Gender Studies that explores these intersections and analyzes the messy but also fascinating concepts of gender and diversity within a social justice context.  Both the major and minor are interdisciplinary, pulling from courses and departments from across the university, and thus both complement and enrich every major and minor. One question we're often asked is whether or not men can or should adopt the major or the minor. Absolutely!

The major and minor enhance every field, from Psychology to Education to Management and Marketing to Biology.  Knowing more about how to navigate and better understand diversity in a respectful way not only contributes to future professional and graduate study success but helps make our world a kinder, more inclusive and equitable place.


  • Enhance critical thinking to understanding systemic issues (UO2)
  • Develop understandings of diversity and systemic equity issues on a transnational basis (UO 9)

Related Links

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Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher


Rock Studies 2 Requirements42
Other Basic Requirments0-3
Computer Competency1-3
Major/Concentration Requirements42

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies 2 Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 117Quantitative Reasoning3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Science Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Science Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours42

Course offered in multiple subjects; cannot take course in first major subject.


One course from each category; six credits must be 300-level or above; no more than 4 credits from one subject area; specific courses required in first major, regardless of prefix of course, cannot be used to satisfy thread requirements; any course with same prefix as first major cannot be used to satisfy thread requirements, even if it is not a course in the first major.

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3


Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 

Major Requirements

  • 21 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 21 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above (Adviser approved courses)
  • Courses used in this major may not be used to satisfy ROCK Studies 2, a minor, or another major’s requirements.
  • AP, Credit by Exam, CLEP, and institutional credit by exam may count towards the degree to a maximum of 45 credits. Pass/Fail and non-credit courses will not be counted in the major.
Core Courses
Oral and Written Communication
GNDR 115Introduction to Gender Studies 13
INDP 499Capstone: Applied Interdisciplinary Studies 13
Interpersonal Skills and Civic Responsibility
Select six credits from the following and by advisement:6
African-American Literature 1
Native American Literature 1
Asian Literature 1
Introduction to the Study of Masculinities 1
Women's Health Issues 1
Gender Roles and Society 1
World Religions 1
Philosophy of Gender and Sex 1
Gay and Lesbian Politics 1
Human Sexual Behavior 1
Approved Course
Analytical, Quantitative & Critical Thinking Skills
Select nine credits from the following and by advisement:9
Feminist Perspectives in the Disciplines 1
Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Research Methods in Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Departmental Approved Course
Emphasis Area
Primary Emphasis – Gender or Diversity
Select 21 credits in the following categories (by advisement):21
Culture and Society
Current Issues
Experiential Learning Activities
Must complete 40 hours of experiential learning activities which are approved by the Academic Adviser. Please consult with your Adviser for details of the options available.
Total Hours42

Course counts for 50% of Major requirements and Major GPA.


Some courses may require pre-requisites. Please see course descriptions to determine if there are any pre-requisites for that specific course.

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. International study programs (short-term, semester)
  2. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes
  3. Student-faculty creative projects
  4. Internships
  5. Experiential Learning (Practice experience outside the classroom)

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Concentration in Gender and Diversity Studies (GNDR)
This program is effective as of Summer 2023
Revised 05.30.2023
UCC 04.18.2023